/ Music Department


Performance opportunities range from small group combos to large collaborative ensembles. 

Jazz Arts Collective

Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College. The Collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind/string instrumentation, this select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music. The Collective’s repertoire ranges from the great historical jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, to works by modern jazz masters like Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeely and John Hollenbeck. The Jazz Arts Collective frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers and originals by Hope College faculty and students. The ensemble also collectively reinterprets and re-imagines the music from the 20th- and 21st-century classical and popular music repertoire.

Course Listing

MUS 135

Audition required 

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Chamber Groups

The many jazz chamber ensembles at Hope College afford students the opportunity to perform in the classic small group combo setting. The ensembles vary in size and instrumentation and place a creative focus on improvisation and group communication. All of the ensembles perform works from the classic jazz repertoire. The more advanced jazz chamber ensembles also perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz world. These ensembles also place an emphasis on original student and faculty compositions. All of the ensembles are coached by members of the Hope College jazz faculty. Jazz chamber ensembles are open to anyone interested, regardless of experience with jazz.


Tom Lockwood
Jeffrey Shoup

Course Listing

MUS 160